City of Highwood

Residential Waste and Recycling Services

In a contract that will go into effect on May 1, 2017, Lakeshore Recycling Systems will provide waste and recycling services to the residents of Highwood. Lakeshore Recycling Systems is also the current commercial waste hauler for the City of Highwood, which went into effect January 1, 2016.

More information regarding residential service will be provided at a future date.

Organics Program

Curious about LRS residential composting? Click here to download the flyer for more information.

Curious about LRS residential composting? Click here to download the flyer for more information.

In addition to standard garbage and recycling removal, this contract includes a year-round organics program (food scrap/landscape). Highwood will be one of the first cities in the State of Illinois to offer this service. In this program, food scraps can be co-mingled with yard waste in a separate third cart.

Residents will be provided a 95-gallon recycling cart, a 65-gallon garbage cart and a 35-gallon organics cart. Once the organics cart is collected, Lakeshore Recycling Systems will transport the organics to be recycled into compost.

Single-Stream Recycling

Having opened Chicagoland’s state-of-the-art single-stream recycling center in 2016, Lakeshore Recycling Systems focuses on waste diversion to recycle more and send less waste to landfills. Lakeshore Recycling Systems vows not to own or operate a landfill and is committed to making the surrounding communities a greener place to live.

Lakeshore Recycling Systems has a single-stream recycling center dedicated to sorting and separating recyclables. This 40,000 square-foot facility is designed to handle more than 110,000 tons of high-grade residential and commercial single-stream recyclables, sorting, separating and allocating over 20 tons of waste per hour.

Take a virtual tour of Lakeshore Recycling Systems’ state-of-the-art single-stream recycling center.

Recycle Tips

Curious about LRS single-stream recycling? Click here to download the flyer for more information.

Curious about LRS single-stream recycling? Click here to download the flyer for more information.

  • Recyclable plastic items are #1 – #7 except #6.
  • Recycling materials should be loose and not bagged. If you must use a bag, it needs to be transparent. Black bags will be considered contaminated.
  • Containers that have previously stored liquid or food should be emptied. Food and liquid containers do not have to be rinsed unless it was previously filled with a heavy substance. Examples of heavy substance products include tomato paste, peanut butter and vegetable oil.
  • Lids and caps from plastic bottles and glass jars is preferred to remain intact prior to recycling.
  • To limit the amount of space used, break down any cardboard boxes into pieces.
  • The following items are NOT recyclable although they are made from paper, plastic and cardboard:
    • Pizza boxes
    • Styrofoam
    • Paper plates
    • Plastic cups (i.e. Solo cups)
    • Paper towels
    • Grocery bags

 

Lakeshore Recycling Systems looks forward to servicing Highwood residents. As we continue to enhance our services and expand our footprint throughout the Midwest, we ensure that Highwood will receive nothing less than exceptional service. Please reach out to our dedicated Customer Service Center at 773.685.8811 with any service questions.